Visiting Paris like a local: A guided tour with Glose

eiffel tower view in the sunset on the bridge in paris

Visiting Paris is a true adventure! Whether you are into arts, architecture, history or food, the city has something for you. Every Parisian also has his or her favorite spots : from strolling in the old Marais area, to relaxing at one of the literary cafes of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, or hanging on the banks of the Canal Saint Martin... To get a truly authentic visiting experience we have followed a Parisian around to get to know the city from a local's point of view.

Our Parisian guide: Glose

True Parisian blogger Glose is showing us around the city and sharing her 5 favorite spots with us. But first let’s get to know her!

"Hi ! My name is "Glose" and I am in my late thirties. I love traveling and photography, and I often forget  to do house chores - on purpose. Fancy clothes and dressing up are part of my hobbies but I also love staying home with a good book while drinking a cup of tea. I wish I could enjoy moments like these more often but I never have enough time... Truth is : I'm always running! After a day at the office, I travel around Paris to attend the best events so I can review them for my blog. Today I live in the East of Paris, the Parisian boho area. When I was a child, I dreamed of living in Saint-Germain-des-Près because of its artistic and intellectual influence (Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, Boris Vian ...). But... things change and now the right bank of the Seine river has stolen my heart.

glose parisian blogger portrait in Paris

I've always wanted to be a novelist, but when you publish a novel it's not easy to get immediate feedback on your work. The idea that came to me instead was to create a blog. Publishing short stories online with a few photos was the best way to share my thoughts with people and get their feedback very quickly. Hence why I launched Glose in 2011. It can be described as a mix between a daily journal of a Parisian girl, a guide of top places to go in Paris, and a pure lifestyle blog. As a big fan of design, my first posts on the blog involved publishing interior photos of Parisian apartments and interviewing their owners. Then the blog gradually took a more lifestyle tone as I was often solicited by brands, hotels and hot spots in Paris to review their establishments."

Paris through her eyes

"For me, Paris is the ideal imaginary city, where you can find the best of everything. It's a very unique concept and capital.
The city is often described as the most beautiful in the world, the most romantic, the most visited, the most admired, and so on. It is very beautiful indeed, but its charm lies elsewhere than in the glossy postcards. One could say there is the majestic "touristic" Paris and there is the authentic Paris one can only truly get to know by living there.

Seine and Notre Dame de Paris, Paris, France
What I enjoy the most in Paris is walking on the Seine river banks. From there you can admire the most famous Parisian landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Musée d'Orsay, the historic bridges, etc. I also love the “Ile de la cite”, the ancient cradle of the City, formerly called Lutetia. Indeed initially Paris was built entirely around the River Seine! For a beautiful overview of Paris I would highly recommend doing a private small boat tour (max 5-6 people) to admire Paris from a different angle: looking up at the sights from the river. Navigating on the Seine, you'll feel very small compared to everything around you and will see Paris in a completely different light. Truly a must!"

What to see in Paris

The Serres d'Auteuil, Café Marly, a private cruise on the Seine with the Green River boats, then a gourmet break at “Aux Merveilleux de Fred” and finally a stop at La Seine Musicale: come on board to discover Paris as a true Parisian with Glose and Radisson Blu! Here are our guide's top 5 spots and activities in Paris.

infographics map places to see in Paris

Les Serres d’Auteuil - tropical garden in the heart of Paris

3 Avenue de la Porte d'Auteuil, 75016 Paris
Metro 9- Michel Ange Molitor

Aux Merveilleux de Fred - So yummy! For true foodies! (several shops in Paris)

Near Radisson Blu Hotel Paris Boulogne:
8 Boulevard Jean Jaurès, 92100 Boulogne-Billancourt
Metro Ligne 10- Jean Jaurès
Near Radisson Blu Hotel Paris Champs Elysées:
29 Rue de l'Annonciation, 75016 Paris
Metro 9- La Muette

Le Café Marly - iconic bar with a stunning view of the Louvre pyramid

93 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris
Metro Ligne 1- Louvre- Rivoli

A private boat tour on the Seine river with Green River boats - discover Paris from a new perspective

34 Quai d'Austerlitz, 75013 Paris
Metro 10 –Gare d’Austerlitz

La Seine Musicale - new and iconic concert hall on the Seine River hosting plenty of concerts and events

Ile Seguin, 92100 Boulogne-Billancourt
Metro 9- Pont de Sèvres

Where to stay in Paris

After a long day visiting Paris, take a break in one of our gorgeous Radisson Blu hotels in Paris. From boutique style to a family hotel, choose the one that suits you best for a parisian visit: Radisson Blu Paris Boulogne, Radisson Blu Paris Champs Elysées, Radisson Blu Hotel Paris, Marne-la-Vallée.

Discover the full video of our guided tour in Paris with Glose on our website and start to plan your next getaway!

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